Did you know?
ST Robotics was one of the first companies to be involved in laboratory robotics over 20 years ago, involved in major projects such as:
8 robot systems for the worlds first ever DNA database,
High Throughput Screening systems for all major pharma companies,
Co-founder of the European Laboratory Robotics Interest Group (now called ELRIG),
There are now many proprietory instruments available for most laboratory tasks such as liquid handlers, titer plate robots and so on.
However problems still arise requiring a robot arm, for example to transfer samples between incompatible instruments, accessing instruments normally used by a human operator and more.
R12 robot arm with complex end effector having pneumatic gripper and vacuum pickup for the Sanger Institute.
Also included are two IR ToF safety sensors that will stop the robot if anyone gets too close.
(3D printing by Sanger Engineering dept.)
Update: ST Robotics are proud to be involved in the Welcome Sanger Tree of Life Project investigating the diversity of complex organisms.
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Below: a typical early High Thruput System built in 1999 (using discontinued R16 robot)
Customers for such systems included Astra Zeneca, GSK, Pfizer, Merck, Schering Plough, Bristol Meyers Squibb, Novartis and others.